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USDA Rural Development Celebrates $8.1 Million Investment and Groundbreaking for Elko Public School

Teja Dusanapudi
Carson City
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ELKO, Nev., Sept. 29, 2023 – USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Lucas Ingvoldstad this week celebrated the groundbreaking of the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement (EIAA) in Elko. The public charter school is funded in part by an $8.1 million investment from USDA Rural Development. Elko Mayor Reece Keener attended the event, as well as EIAA Principal Ashley Perkins, EIAA Vice Principal Lori Lynch, and EIAA Board Chair Dennis Zimmerman.

“USDA Rural Development is proudly committed to supporting education across rural Nevada,” said Ingvoldstad. “It’s important to us to ensure rural students have high-quality access to education, whether remote or in-person, in buildings that are safe and sound. We look forward to the bright future of the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement and its students.”

USDA Rural Development makes these investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program. This program helps public bodies, community-based non-profit corporations, and federally recognized Tribes develop essential community facilities in rural areas. USDA Rural Development has supported rural areas with this program through the construction of medical clinics, town halls, community centers, and fire departments.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Nevadans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/nv.

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